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LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - A 20-year-old and an 18-year-old are facing murder charges after a University of Kentucky student was shot and killed while walking home with a friend near campus early Friday morning.

Efrain Diaz, 20, of Lexington is charged with murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the death of Jonathan W. Krueger, police said Friday evening.

Earlier, Justin Smith, 18, was taken into custody on charges of murder, robbery, tampering with physical evidence and fleeing or evading police. He was arrested seven hours after police responded to a report of shots fired in the 400 block of East Maxwell Street, near Transylvania Park, just after 2 a.m.

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"We heard like two gunshots kind of spaced out and he finished the round off and it sounded like four or five gunshots in a row," Thomas Spalding said.

Spalding and his friend Thomas O'Mara couldn't believe what they were hearing, then 10 seconds later a frantic student was at their doorstop.

"We were like are you ok and he said he just got jumped and shot at, so he ran up on the porch so scared. His shirt was ripped open," Spalding said. "He hid like behind the pillar, he was in shock and he said his friend was there and he walked back down there and his friend got shot in the chest apparently. Pretty surreal," O'Mara recalled. "He said some guys pulled up in a van and got his friend and took his watch and wallet and he took off running."

When officers arrived found a man in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. EMS took the victim, identified as 22-year-old Jonathan W. Krueger, to University of Kentucky Medical Center where he died.

The victim who ran for help was not hurt.

Krueger was a junior at the College of Communication and Information. He shined as the photo editor for the Kentucky Kernel, the campus newspaper.

"It was easy to see how he would be successful, whatever he did," Kentucky Kernel adviser Chris Poore said. "He had just got through covering the basketball tournament, did a wonderful job. A lot of his pictures are going to be in a book that we did called year in pictures, that they are now dedicating to him."

Friends mourned as they looked through old pictures Krueger captured over the years.

"We've become very close at the Kernel because we are together so much, so it is like a family, so everybody is just kind of coming in a lot of people are in there right now just showing up to try to help people out," friend Morgan Eads said.

Terrifying to think of what he was going through his mind in those last moments, especially for friends who always looked to Krueger to be one to make them laugh.

"I think anybody who knew him is going to remember him for that, for just being the fun guy, who never had a bad thing to say and would drop anything to help anybody," Eads said.

Krueger is from Perrysburg, Ohio. Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard called Krueger's father himself.

"I don't think there is ever anything I could say to a family of a victim that ever makes them whole again after something like this and having been in these cases for awhile, it's very difficult for families," Barnard said.

Smith was arrested inside a home after UK issued a safety alert that included a description of the possible shooter and his vehicle: "Suspect is possibly a male subject in a red hoodie who was seen leaving the area in a red minivan."

"We have interviewed that individual and based on our investigation at this time we have placed charges on that individual for murder, robbery, tampering with physical and fleeing and evading," Barnard said.

Police said it's still not clear what exactly led to the shooting.

Smith is not a student at UK and he is being held in the Fayette County Detention Center.

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